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Update posted by Samantha Malin On Mar 13, 2017

A post I wrote for the CESRT Facebook page explaining the activities were doing in the children's house.


Your donation money has been used towards purchasing fresh fruit and healthy food as well as shampoo/ body wash for showers!! Thank you.


Children's House Update: March 2017

*What we do*

We have had a wonderfully successful few weeks at the CESRT Parents and Children's House. We continue to welcome families from both Souda and ViAL Refugee camps to enjoy the services that the Parents and Children's house has to offer. Over the last few weeks, the children who have visited the Children's House have had the opportunity to play in the calm and engaging environment as well as have a nice hot shower and receive a new outfit of clothing.

*What's been happening*

Thanks to the generous donations the children have had lots of fun creating beaded bracelets, which helps them to practise their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination, as well as use their creativity! They get to take home the beautiful beaded necklaces and bracelets they make while at the Children's House. Our visitors also continue to receive a nutrition and tasty food bag when they visit the centre, which includes fresh fruit and dairy products for their well being and development. These food items are purchased with the money from our generous donators.

*Highlights*

The highlight over the last week has been the introduction of our Children's House movie nights! This is a fun filled evening for the whole family, where parents and children can sit back, relax and enjoy watching a film. This last week we had 2 special premier movie nights where we showed Madagascar and Finding Nemo. Movie nights will now be held every Wednesday evening from 5pm to 6:30pm.

*Photography*

While wonderful things happen inside the Children's House, and smiling faces are everywhere to be seen, we respect our little visitors and do not take photographs of them as they play. We understand people love to see pictures of the children enjoying the facilities, however we all agree that children are our most precious gift. These lovely refugee children in particular are in a difficult situation and time their lives. Therefore we appreciate your understanding that our images do not include photos of the children.

*Volunteers*

In order for our CESRT Children's House to be such a success we need the help of our wonderful volunteers. We are currently looking for long term volunteers, who will stay on Chios for 2-3 weeks onwards, and who have a Police Check/ Working with Children's Check from their home country. We would love to have you on board to join our fun filled team!

*Donations*

Last but not least, we could not do all these wonderful things for our refugee children and families without the generous donations from our supporters. A project like the Children's House has many ongoing costs such as fresh food, children's clothing, water and heating, and we are so grateful for the ongoing financial support!

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Update posted by Samantha Malin On Mar 13, 2017

A gorgeous little baby was born just 12 days ago here on on Chios, Greece.

Thanks to my amazing generous donators I was able to buy a brand new pram for baby Mohammed. This beautiful family who have fled from Syria were delighted to receive this practical and safe new pram for their baby. Currently 2 families are sharing a tent, with a number of children, including newborn Mohammed, as well as the mother of the other family, who is also pregnant. The pram we purchased is suitable from newborns up to 3 years old so will last these 2 families for years to come 😀Thank you!

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Update posted by Samantha Malin On Mar 13, 2017

Greece update: one month in.

I can't believe I've been in this incredible country for a month already. While I'm missing everyone at home so much, I know I'm in the right place right now. Since my last update I've had a total change of scenery and pace (hence why I haven't given an update in a while!)

A fortnight ago I came to a small island called Chios which is 7kms from the coast of Cesme, Turkey. Chios, along with Lesvos, Samos and other nearby islands are the true gateways to Europe, where displaced people make the dangerous journey across the Aegean sea to reach Greek waters. Here they register for asylum and await their fate.

While on Chios, I'm working with a local organisation called CESRT - Chios Eastern Shore Response Team- which is run by an amazing Greek woman named Toula. CESRT provides a range of support for refugees living in the 2 camps on Chios, with some 800 people living in each camp.

Over the last fortnight I've worked amongst some incredible people. I've taught a daily English class to Afghani women, worked in a Children's house for kids aged 0-6, helped sort and distribute clothing and served hot tea to refugees within the camp. One of the greatest privileges so far as been giving immediate care at the port to a boat of refugees who arrived yesterday, wet and cold. One of the most incredible things CESRT does is provide food, water, blankets, dry clothes and shelter to refugees who arrive by boat to Chios, day or night before they are taken to be registered.

Seeing and hearing stories that are simply too awful to believe, where human rights seem to be a non-existent concept has been eye opening. Despite the suffering, a beautiful contrast exists. The refugees I have met show amazing resilience and spirit and make the best that they can, out of their current situation 🇬🇷🇸🇾🇦🇫🇮🇶

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Update posted by Samantha Malin On Mar 13, 2017

Wrapping up another fantastic week with Lighthouse Relief, before moving on to the next adventure.

This week we sorted and delivered packs for families, filled with baby and children's clothes. We prepared nutritious food packs for pregnant and breastfeeding mums. We did outreach work and were welcomed into the refugees homes, where we experienced such hospitality and kindness from people who have so little. We hosted a tea party in the Mother and Baby area, where we served and distributed herbal teas for breastfeeding, coughs/colds and relaxation. Thanks to your generous donations we purchased some beading activities and educational toy sets for the children. This included a mini kitchen set, which was loved by all the kids, big and small! It's been such a rewarding week, where I've been humbled by the warmth and trust the refugees have shown to us.

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Update posted by Samantha Malin On Feb 08, 2017

Thank you to everyone who has so generously donated to this cause!!


I cannot believe I have been so blessed and surpassed my fundraising goal. I have been blown away.


I landed safely in a Greece yesterday and will head to the first refugee camp today. I was greeted my in incredible team of inspiring, motivated volunteers who I'm thrilled to be working alongside.


Thanks to everyone's amazing generosity I ended up bringing 15kgs of Medical supplies which I purchased in Melbourne, and successfully got them into Greece! These items are predominately things which are unavailable or incredibly expensive to purchase locally in Greece. They include things such as:

Saline solution

Wound dressings

Bandages

Tape

Scissors

Skin cleaning wipes

Thermometers

Pulse and oxygen monitor

Urine dipstick tests

Pregnancy tests

Glucometers (blood sugar testing machines)

Glucose and ketone test strips

Lancets

Peak flow meters

Spacers


Once we further assess the need here on the ground I will he using your donation money to purchase further supplies locally in Greece.


Thank you SO much to everyone for your love, support and generosity. I wouldn't be here without you all!


Sammy xx

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Clare Pomeroy

Backed with $150.00 On Mar 20, 2017

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Better late than never. Love you x

Marisa Miza

Backed with $50.00 On Mar 14, 2017

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Sorry I'm late!! Hope all is well over there :)

Tom Kovarik

Backed with $50.00 On Feb 28, 2017

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Dearest Samma! So so proud of you for this incredible journey you're about to embark on. Praying for peace and protection everywhere you go. Love you beautiful! Xxx

Zoe Knox

Backed with $120.00 On Feb 05, 2017

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All the best Sam!! So inspirational and great of you! X

Vani Chiavone

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Samma, you are the best. We are missing you so much; enjoy the new journey and all that it brings your way. Can't wait to read about your updates. Love, Catherine

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Hi Sam wishing you all the best for your trip. Love Anne and Andrew

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All the best Sammy!

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Well done Samma Girl! Very proud of what you are about to do! Good luck xXx Paigey

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Well done, great cause and good luck Sam.

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